WAKE IN FRIGHT
Ted Kotcheff, 1971. 114 min. Australia. English.
Spectacle Theater 124 S. 3rd St.
$5 movies in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, October 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 9:45 pm
A young schoolteacher is eager to buy his way out of a dead-end teaching contract in the the outback, but first it’s off to visit his sweetheart in Sydney over a much-needed summer vacation. But when his train stops for a night at a small town en route, he gets in a little too good with the locals, who measure a man in pints of beer and his luck at Two-up. Are you familiar with the expression “demon alcohol?” Despite the absence of almost any genre tropes (save a sinister nighttime kangaroo hunt), Wake in Fright is routinely described as a horror movie. A harrowingly convincing portrayal of rapid downward trajectory, Wake in Fright is wildly funny, wickedly thrilling and utterly unforgettable. Not bad for the guy who would go on to direct Weekend at Bernie’s. Presented in an HD restoration that spotlights the gorgeous, deftly choreographed photography.